The Best Western North Carolina Communities for Horse Lovers

Girl horseback riding at western North Carolina equestrian community. Balsam Mountain Preserve.

If you’re looking to enjoy horseback riding in beautiful weather with even better scenery, Western North Carolina is the place to be. There are several Western North Carolina equestrian communities that offer real estate opportunities, too. Ample amenities are also available to provide the home and lifestyle of your dreams. 

Luxury Communities is knowledgeable about the top areas and can help you find the best horse property for sale in NC.

Best Western North Carolina Equestrian Communities

These communities in Western North Carolina offer unmatched riding experiences. Gallop in the mountains, along peaceful trails, and through lush forests. Not only are these communities ideal for equestrian living, but they also offer other luxuries.  Enjoy golfing, water activities, social clubs, and more. Their grand homes and pristine homesites are some of the best in North Carolina. To see all of Western North Carolina's Equestrion communities click here.

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Located about forty miles west of Asheville, is Balsam Mountain Preserve situated between the Blue Ridge and the Smoky Mountains. This is one of the only horse communities in North Carolina that offers 30 miles of riding trails. The trails lead to the top of Doubletop Mountain elevated at 5,400 feet with incredible panoramic views. The community has a fourteen-stall stable that allows you to board your own horse or use a club horse.

Aside from the horse riding experiences, this laid-back private community features countless other comforts. There’s golfing, a wellness center, freshwater fishing, and on-site dining. Enjoy meeting other community members who are welcoming and ready to meet new residents. Social clubs include movie nights, guided hikes, art classes, and more. The friendly on-site staff is available 24/7 to ensure you have everything you need at all times.

At Balsam Mountain Preserve, you can find move-in-ready homes or build your dream house with highly-rated builders and architects. There are also semi-customizable cottages that can come fully furnished. Homesites and real estate range from $250,000 to $1,000,000.

Bright’s Creek

Tucked in Green River Valley’s forest in Polk County, NC is one of the most family-oriented North Carolina equestrian communities. Bright’s Creek sits up on the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers unparalleled views. It’s home to a horse stall and members enjoy horseback riding in the beautiful setting. Its neighboring town of Tryon is also home to the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Bright’s Creek has so much to offer aside from riding for a one-of-a-kind and luxurious lifestyle. Golfers enjoy the Fazio-designed golf course and nature lovers relish in the 4,700 acres of landscape. Socialize at the lodge or getaway to hidden waterfalls throughout the community. 

When it comes to real estate, Bright’s Creek offers homesites, condos, cottages, and custom homes. All housing options offer a peaceful haven for residents. Have family and friends visit and stay at the lodge in an inviting guest room. Unique, rustic homes continue to be built in the community and range from $400,000 to over a million dollars.


Just outside of the quaint town of Cashiers, Chinquapin boasts 2,000 acres of preserved land. Trails are endless and the Nantahala National Forest surrounds Chinquapin. This is a rider’s dream and you can find ample opportunities for riding. 

When it’s time for other experiences, Chinquapin provides plenty of them. From hiking to biking and live music to fishing, there’s something for everyone. For thrill-seekers, ATV trails offer an off-road experience while winding trails are abundant for mountain biking.

Upscale homes and homesites offer peaceful surroundings and sit at an elevation for jaw-dropping views. Bring your visions to life with a customized home or purchase a turnkey-ready resident. Large homes and smaller luxury cottages are available. Home prices start at around $500,000 while homesites start at about $99,000.

Grand Highlands

Said to be an “open meadow placed upon a mountaintop,” Grand Highlands is a slice of heaven for its members. It’s one of the most amenity-filled equestrian communities in NC. Within the community is a horse facility and miles of nature trails through forests and meadows.

Diverse community members are eager to meet others and enjoy various activities. Whether you’re looking to relax, get active, or socialize, there’s a chance for it all. The clubhouse offers games, media, dining, and more. Outside you can find a dog park, endless mountain views, and sports courts. 

Move-in ready homes are carefully placed without disturbing the community’s pristine natural settings. They range from $400,000 to $3,500,000. Various homesites with beautiful surroundings are also available if you have your own vision you’re looking to create. Homesites range from $70,000 to $650,000. 

If you’re ready to find your dream home in a stunning Western North Carolina equestrian community or if you have any questions, contact Luxury Communities. We’re here to help you find the perfect property for you and your family.